New NYS Driver’s License Requirement for the 2016 Tax Year

Beginning with the 2016 tax year, New York State resident and nonresident taxpayers are now required to provide driver’s license numbers or state-issued IDs as part of the e-filing process for a personal income tax return or extension. This mandate issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is intended to reduce fraud by adding an additional tool to verify the authenticity of the return.

While this was optional for tax year 2015, the information is mandatory for any 2016 New York State personal income tax returns that are prepared using software. The requirement applies to driver licenses or state-issued IDs from any state.  For NYS-issued driver’s licenses or IDs, the document number is also required to be provided.  For joint returns, the information is required for the spouse as well.

Taxpayers can refuse to provide this information, however, if all other efforts to validate the taxpayer’s identity are unsuccessful, the processing of a refund may be delayed.  If the taxpayer does not have a driver’s license or state-issued ID, there is the option to indicate this.

Additional information can be found on the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.

If you have any questions regarding this new filing requirement, please contact Buchbinder and one of our tax professionals can help you.

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